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Friday, April 29, 2011

Native Plant Awareness Week

So Many Wonderful Native Plants to Celebrate!  
So many Native Plant Sales! 

One that is commonly seen in spring and adds so much to the woodland ecosystem is Salmonberry. Here is one in bloom. In early summer look for bright "salmon colored" berries. Pick one that's on the red side and it will be a little sweet.
Salmonberry at St Edwards State Park
ph credit-Janet Way
Monday is the beginning of Native Plant Awareness Week. Celebrate by attending and supporting the many Native Plant Sales that are coming up. And here's a resource list for many of them -
Spring Native Plant Sale
by the Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native plant Society (CPS/WNPS) is on Saturday, May 7th  2011, 10 am – 4 pm, at theBellevue Botanical Garden12001 Main St., Bellevue.

Our sale will have over 150 species including ground covers, perennials, shrubs and trees that are ideal for our ecology. Botanical and gardening books will be for sale and WNPS experts will be available to answer questions. Help sustain biodiversity by using native planats in your garden.


The Salal chapter of the WNPS is also having a sale that day in Olympia.
Deer Fern (blechnum_spicant)
ph credit- WNPS
For an excellent listing of Washington Native Plant Species check the WNPS website -

And next weekend, as anyone in Shoreline area knows is the big Kruckeberg Botanical Garden Mothers Day Plant Sale! 
Dr Arthur Kruckeberg
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, is having their annual Mother's Day Plant Sale and Open House 
 - from Thursday, May 05, 2011 through Sunday, May 08, 2011
(Thursday is a special members sale day.)

The sale is a 24-year tradition that combines three wonderful things: Great plants to purchase in the MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery, a beautiful spring landscape in the Garden, and fun educational activities for your family.

The Nursery's largest selection of the year is available during the sale and the staff has set aside special, limited quantity plants to bring out. With hundreds of species in stock, including 270 Northwest native species, you are sure to find something great. As always, all proceeds support the Garden.
Dr Kruckeberg just celebrated his 91st Birthday! 
MS K Nursery at Kruckeberg

Native Plant Appreciation Week is May 1-7check out our website,  , for family friendly and free lecture programs, walks, field trips, hikes and a garden tour. There are activities all around the state offered by local WNPS Chapters.  Also offered are workshops Diversity in the Desert May 15 and Know Your Grasses June 15-17, both at the UW. Look for additional events extending through May and June.

The Washington Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization that supports and provides educational lectures, classes, workshops and field trips, Stewardship training, restoration projects and research to conserve and sustain our local ecology through native plants.

Dr Art Kruckeberg is one of the founding members of WNPS and his wife Mareen made a life work to create the MSK Nursery at the Krukeberg Botanical Garden in Shoreline.
The site is now a City of Shoreline Park and is a treasure for all who care about native plants and wildlife habitat.
Mareen Kruckeberg

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